Wakiso Land Awareness Week
Theme: “Land Rights; A means to Economic Transformation and Social Justice”
July 22-26, 2019
The Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA) and partners including the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), Action Aid International Uganda (AAU), The Initiative For Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Buganda Land Board (BLB), the Network for Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL), CBS FM, Environmental Alert, Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), Trac F.M, Uganda Land Alliance, Wakiso District Local Government, Transparency International Uganda and Institution of Surveyors of Uganda partnered to hold the Wakiso Land Awareness Week. The weeklong engagements included Local Government leaders stakeholder meeting, community sensitization engagements, mobile legal aid clinics on land rights, title verification, radio and Television talk shows, sensitization on the roles of surveyors and display of the register of surveyors. The Land awareness week was intended to interrogate various critical issues around land ownership, interest, rights and acquisition and to increase peoples capacity to advocate for their interests in Land.
Below are highlights from the week long community engagements
KEY ISSUES HIGHLIGHTED
During the weeklong community engagements, various issues were raised including the issue of Busuulu, Absente Land lords, Land lord-tenant conflicts, boundary demarcation disputes and unqualified surveyors. Other rampant issues included challenges in land Administration and fraud in land offices by some officials and impersonators, high levels of illiteracy around land management and transfer and limited understanding of the operation and scope of powers of Attorney and Letters of Administration. Also to note were increasing cases of fraudulent land titles and illegal, forced and unlawful evictions—largely triggered by large scale business interests.
The team also organized a number of media engagements on both radio and television intended to reach more communities that were unable to attend the daily community sensitization sessions.
LEGAL AID CLINICS
Several Legal Aid Clinics were also conducted. On spot legal advice and guidance was extended to community participants and those cases that required for follow up were identified and referred to the team of Lawyers from the Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL)and Legal Aid Service providers Network (LASPNET) for further management.
THE BAND PROCESSION
The Land Awareness week commenced with a procession led by the Band from Wakiso District headquarters to Kikokilo on Monday July 22, 2019 and on the final day on Friday July 26, 2019, where the band led the procession from Gombolola offices in Nansana to Nabweru at the Gobolal offices.